In this battle, everyone wins.
Since early spring, Lenoir-Rhyne University alumni across six decades have been battling it out to show that Bear pride is unmatched. The Battle of the Bears decade challenge is a competition to see which decade will have the most alumni make a gift to the Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne, LR's annual giving fund that provides support for all areas of campus. The decade with the highest participation by April 20, 2018, was named Battle of the Bears Champions at the Alumni Weekend Golden Bears luncheon.
The 1950s decade won honors at Alumni Weekend with the highest alumni participation rate. Miriam D. Davis '59 from Conover, North Carolina, accepted the award on behalf of the 1950s decade and University President Fred Whitt, Ph.D., commended Davis and her peers on more than 60 years of steadfast loyalty to LR.
The battle focused on participation – not on dollars raised. Below are the results of each decade's participation percentage.
- 1950-59 – 20 percent participation
- 1960-69 – 17 percent participation
- 1970-79 – 10 percent participation
- 1980-89 – 6 percent participation
- 1990-99 – 4 percent participation
- 2000-17 – 2 percent participation
"Thank you to everyone who participated in the Battle of the Bears decade challenge," Whitt said. "In conjunction with the Bears Have Heart Giving Day, we raised $144,707 in two months for the Fund for Lenoir-Rhyne to support current and prospective students. The Battle of the Bears challenge is designed to harness the enthusiasm of Bear Nation and reminds us why giving back to our alma mater is important."
Although the campaign ended, gifts can still be made online at lr.edu/IGive2LRU.